• Lift and Balance?

    Asked by MarcieB on Friday, November 6, 2020

    Lift and Balance?

    Today I will be having a Covid test to clear me for elective surgery this coming Monday. They call it a *Lift and Balance,* but it is basically a breast reduction so I will match my lumpectomy side. It will be done on my right breast and I wasn't the least concerned about it until I took on a project that requires a lot of fine detail painting. I am painting Christmas ornaments to raise money for a mission that feeds children in Central America. I have painted these ornaments for years and I primarily use my wrist (not my whole arm, like canvas painting), but I do brace my arm against my side - and I am right handed. Of course, the holidays are coming so there is limited time these ornaments will be in demand, I need to put out as many as I can and I am worried the recovery from this procedure could interfere with that? Has anyone out there had this done? I am just wondering what to expect. I will post a picture of some of my ornaments on the pinboard so you can see what I mean.

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    • legaljen1969's Avatar

      I'm glad my suggestions helped. My surgeon and my home health nurses after the mastectomy made sure I had plenty of supplies. Yes, the point of your super snug bra is so your breast doesn't move when you do. Like I said, I was mummy wrapped with an ace bandage- the ultimate "wrap around bandeau top" or "tube bra." I had a few of them.

      Sorry about the nipple issue. I don't have any answers for that one my dear.

      I was constantly trying to reduce rubbing and discomfort near my incision site. After having a bad experience with cellulitis from a surgery years ago, I am quite meticulous about making sure any incision is clean and that nothing rubs against it or irritates it. I had regular surgical gauze, non-stick sterile bandages, large ones, smalls ones. All sorts. The last time I went for post-surgical check before I was cleared to go back to work, I had an ABD pad over the incision, tape about half away around my body to keep it in place, about 8 pieces of gauze toward the bottom of my mummy wrap. My surgeon cracked up. She said it was like one of those magician's hats where the scarves just keep coming out.

      If you need any more tips, let me know!!

      12 days ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar

      This is exactly why I love this site! Helping each other through the hard times and giving extra support when it’s needed the most! Good luck MarcieB with your healing. I hope each day will be a little bit better than the day before. Be sure to post some of your new art too, when you can!

      5 days ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar

      Jane, how are you doing now?

      5 days ago

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